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Cairo/Faiyoum/Minya/Cairo – 8 DAYS - 8 Days

Day 1

Meet and transfer from Cairo Airport and check-in to your hotel

Day 2

We begin our tour with a full day at Sakkara and Dahshur starting with a look at the new Imhotep Museum, which allows us to understand the layout of the cemeteries, before viewing fine reliefs in Old Kingdom mastaba tombs. Visit and enter the pyramid of Teti. There will be plenty of time to explore this most atmospheric of sites including the step pyramid enclosure. After lunch we travel to Dahshur and view the fascinating Red and Bent Pyramids of Seneferu, one or both of which we will enter. Overnight in Cairo.

Day 3

Check-out of Cairo hotel. We leave Cairo for Karanis, to explore the Greco-Roman settlement. The on to the pyramid of Hawara where we see the site of King Amenemhat III’s mortuary temple and the ‘Labyrinth’ described by Herodotus. Here Petrie’s excavations unearthed the famous Roman period portrait-mummies.

Drive to Minya. The rest of the day will be at leisure.

Day 4

We will start our visit with rock-cut Fraser Tombs dating from the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties. Then we move on to Beni Hassan to examine the superbly decorated tombs of the local governors of the Eleventh and Twelfth Dynasties showing beautiful daily life scenes. Finally, we will visit Ashmunein the cult centre of Hermopolis, sacred to the ibis-god Thothand. Before the drive back to the hotel, we explore Tuna el-Gebel, including the Roman Well, the unusually decorated tomb of Petosiris, along with that of Isadora and the vast baboon and ibis catacombs. Overnight in Minya.

Day 5

oday we visit Amarna, the famous city founded by Akhenaton with various remains of the glorious city including the northern palace, the temples and the northern and southern noblemen tombs. Overnight in Minya.

Day 6

Check-out of Minya hotel. We start our Journey back to Cairo, stopping on the way for a picnic lunch. Arriving in Cairo we travel to Giza. The rest of the day will be at leisure.

Day 7

A visit to the Giza Plateau, where the tour begins with all the major features of this enormous site including the Pyramids themselves, one of which we may be able to enter. We will walk around the pyramid of Khafre and see the inscriptions of Ramses II as well as the mortuary temple and the causeway which leads us to the Sphinx. After lunch the tour continues to the Egyptian Museum to view the unique collections on display. Overnight in Cairo.

Day 8

Check out of hotel and transfer to Cairo International Airport.